INVERCLYDE residents are being invited to step out and enjoy ballet.
Scottish Ballet are bringing the Find your Feet programme -- an exciting weekend of events with the community at its heart -- to Greenock from Friday 26 October to Monday 29 October
It will focus on creative dance, ballet technique, music, costume and design. Various events will take place involving local organisations, venues, community leaders, schools and nurseries as well as a wide range of recreational groups – including a special practical dance session with Greenock Wanderers Rugby Club and a fun armchair ballet event especially for residents of the Holy Rosary Residence care home.
On Friday 26 October at Clydeview Academy, Gourock there will be a free performance by third-year students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Modern Ballet course, created in association with Scottish Ballet. First Encounter is a dynamic new work by young choreographer Chris Marney. (Full list of public events below)
Scottish Ballet’s Associate Director for Education Catherine Cassidy is excited by the legacy she hopes the company’s visit will leave with the residents of Greenock. She said: “The Find your Feet project is a first-time opportunity for us to work with some of the areas we are visiting and I’m really excited about the energy and feedback we’ve received before we’ve even arrived!
“The project also includes 50 funded places for local dance teachers from across Scotland to spend two days with us back at Scottish Ballet headquarters, viewing the dancers at work, having workshops and benefiting from additional training opportunities which we hope they will be able to bring back to the community directly, spring-boarding brand new opportunities for dance in each area.”
Find your Feet is a project funded through Creative Scotland’s First in a Lifetime fund and will be visiting seven communities across Scotland: Islay, Mull, Arran, Greenock, Perth, Fort William and Dumfries and Galloway throughout autumn/winter 2012.
Full list of Find your Feet events in Greenock:
Friday 26 October
Performance: First Encounter -- Clydeview Academy, Burnside Road, Gourock, 7.30pm (running time 75 mins) Performed by BA Modern Ballet students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A new piece specially commissioned for the Find Your Feet project — a fast moving and exciting taste of ballet. The performance will also feature pieces from local dance groups. Tickets for the performance are free and are available from Arts Guild Box Office.
Saturday 27 October
Wee Mice (for age 3 to 5 and a parent/carer) -- Youth Hall, Westburn Church, Nelson Street, Greenock, 10 to 10.45am and 11 to 11.45am. A fun and informal 45-minute parent and child class combining dance stories, games and imaginative play, to explore themes from Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This class encourages confidence, creativity and imagination as well as developing coordination and balance. Limited to 12 pairs per class.
Creative Dance Classes -- Youth Hall, Westburn Church, Nelson Street, Greenock, 12 to 1.30pm (age 6 to 9), 2.30 to 4pm (age 10 to 14). An entertaining and energetic class to get youngsters moving, learning some new moves and creating some of their own.
Behind-the-Scenes (age 18-plus) -- Lounge, Westburn Church, Nelson Street, Greenock, 7 to 9pm -- Join Scottish Ballet for a relaxed social evening and hear all about the national ballet company over a glass of wine. Using films, costumes and images of the company’s dancers, staff will lead an enjoyable evening explaining what goes on behind the scenes at Scottish Ballet.
Sunday 28 October
Ballet Café (age 18-plus) -- Arts Guild Theatre, Campbell Street, Greenock, 2 to 4pm -- A friendly and social afternoon for adults. Participants take part in a gentle 45-minute beginners’ ballet class and then listen to an illustrated talk on Scottish Ballet whilst enjoying tea and cakes.
Open Ballet Class (age 16-plus) -- Elite Dance Academy, 15A Watt Street, Greenock, 7 to 8.30pm -- Suitable for beginners this fun and informal class will cover the basics of ballet; gentle technique and repertoire from Scottish Ballet.
Booking Details: All events are free and some do require to be reserved. For all classes please wear comfortable clothing, bare feet or soft ballet shoes.
To book for First Encounter and Ballet Café: Arts Guild Theatre, Campbell Street, Greenock, 01475 723038
To book for Open Ballet Class: Elite Dance Academy, 077532 46035
For all other events it is first-come, first-served. No advance booking